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Essex: MPs warn lack of investment in transport is holding back businesses

PUBLISHED: 17:54 23 October 2012

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MPS have warned that a lack of investment in transport infrastructure is holding back businesses in Essex.

Six MPS from the county today took part in a parliamentary debate on the issue initiated by the member for Witham Priti Patel.

During the debate, Ms Patel spoke of the role that 52,000 private sector businesses play in adding £28 billion in value to the UK economy but highlighted how poor infrastructure links are holding businesses back and preventing them from generating growth and creating jobs.

She also called for improvements to be made to the A12 and A120 roads, upgrades to the rail network, including the introduction of a passing loop on the Braintree to Witham branch line, and a review of the operation and tolls charged at the Dartford Crossing.

Commenting afterwards, she said: “Essex is an engine of economic growth for the whole country, with our local businesses making a tremendous contribution to the wider economy and supporting jobs. But while our businesses are modern, innovative and forward looking they are facing additional costs and barriers by our outdated infrastructure. We have twenty-first century businesses being held back by twentieth century infrastructure.”

“For too long our roads and railways have been ignored and overlooked for investment. If they were upgraded to meet modern demands then our entrepreneurs would be able to generate more growth and create more jobs for the economy.”

“I hope the Government will now commit to invest in Essex and that officials in the Government and Essex County Council will work closely with business and the Essex Chambers of Commerce to deliver the projects we need.”

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